We have two cats who require little care but are used to company so we don't want to leave them alone, and a few plants that need water every couple of days. We have a 4 bedroom/3.5 bath house with a small yard in a neighborhood a short 15 min. bus ride (or 45 min. walk!) from El Centro. There are parks and shopping within a couple blocks and a wonderful Friday Mercado where you can find anything. We fill a small cart with enough fresh stuff to last 2 weeks for about $14. Buses are 25 cents (half off if you're over 65) and symphonies are free. There is a large and friendly ex-pat community here. Enjoy hiking in the Cajas National Park, short trips to small communities who specialize in leather goods, jewelry, orchid and flower production, and strolling along the rivers and streets of a World Heritage site.
We had a sitter lined up, but she suddenly had health issues and now can't come. We realize this is short notice but hope someone out there has some flexability! Thanks!